Top 10 Elementary Warm-ups
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet.
  • Mario Phonics Review B and V Powerpoint Game Warmups for reviewing contrasting phonic sounds B and V in a Mario Theme.
  • English Conversation Board Game A bright and colorful board game focused on getting students to converse in English.
  • Small Talk A dialogue modeled by the ALT and HRT or JTE and then mimicked by the students
  • Who am I? Quiz A three-hint-quiz type of game where students have to guess the character being described. Perfect activity for We Can! 2 Unit 3 "He is Famous. She is great."
  • ABC and abc Window Game The students pick which windows to open and try to guess the hidden letter
  • Country Matching Card Game and Quiz This is a powerpoint quiz meant as a lead in for a concentration style card game.
  • Portrait (Funny Drawing Activity) This activity can be used as a practice for "How many ~?" lesson. Students have a good laugh at their final outputs. Activity can be done by pair or small groups.
  • Shaped Animals Animals made out of geometric shapes for practicing shapes and counting.
  • Doink In this fast-paced gesture game, students throw a Doink ball around the room acting out various adjectives.
Top 10 Junior High Warm-ups
Newest Warm-ups
Imagine If

Students imagine their JTE as a sport, a car, an actor any number of unusual and interesting things. Then, they guess which best describes the JTE.

Small Talk Board Game

A basic boardgame to practice making questions

Ping Pong Pang

Students play an adapted version of the popular drinking game (a point that should NOT be made in class).

Land Of The Blind

Students work in pair teams; one blindfolded while the other issues commands to move around the room and avoid getting caught by the Oni (Devil) team.

True Or False

Students listen and decide whether various sentences are true.


Three powerpoint stories for very young classes

Time or Length Word Race

This is a word race game that has students trying to write long words in order to win the race.


Students aim to think of many words associated with a topic.

You Must Commands

Short pair activity. Good as a warm up.

Basic Janken Race

Simple and adaptable pair activity

Week Time Race

Each student in turn says one day of the week in order. The class races to beat their time.

Printable playing cards

If you don't want to spend money on a bunch of card decks, print these out instead!

Hidden Numbers Challenge

Find the hidden numbers and practice speaking them.

Get It Wrong To Win

Students must answer the questions wrong (but grammatically correct) to win!

You Have

Get students predicting and practicing "you have" in this rhythmical one-on-one game.

I got you!

Students try to bluff each other with simple statements.

Occupations Relative Pronouns Karuta and Stuff

Practice the 'who' relative pronoun

Forest Creatures

A poster to practice 'How many animals do you see?'

Go Fish

Students walk around playing Janken and asking for target vocabulary cards.

Pronunciation Pyramid Mummys

This activity is to help the students with difficult minimal pairs. It is a good warm